Voice Staff Report
Multiple agencies from surrounding counties converged on Hilltop Wednesday to aid in the search for a missing boy. The mother of the boy noticed he was not there early Wednesday morning around 6:00 a.m. The missing boy is described as 12 years old wearing a dark colored coat, tennis shoes and carrying a maroon duffle bag.
A helicopter equipped with a thermal camera was being utilized to help the search teams try to locate the missing boy before nightfall and freezing temperatures set in. The area around the boy’s home in the Hilltop area is rugged, wooded terrain and search teams have been assigned different areas to do a more thorough search and cover more territory. The search teams have also been searching the Yamacraw River area from Barthell to Alum, adjacent communities and empty buildings.
The McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, The Whitley City Fire Department and West McCreary Fire Department responded to the initial alert. Agencies from Pulaski and Wayne County have responded to help local fire and rescue squad members search the area around the missing boy’s home at Hilltop. The Mobile Command Center, Rescue and Special Response Team K-9 unit from Pulaski County joined the search early afternoon. Rescue teams from Wayne County were responding as did Rapid Response Search and Rescue and the Kentucky State Police.
If anyone has seen a boy matching the description in or around the Hilltop area or in other areas, they are asked to call 911 with any information that may be helpful. At press time Wednesday afternoon searchers had not found the boy.